Shopping: The Carpenter's Daughter

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The Carpenter's Daughter, which opened last week in Grandview, is brimming with handcrafted furniture, decor and double-take-worthy prices.

That's exactly what I did when I saw a queen-size headboard and bed frame selling for only $100. The store gave the wooden back-piece a facelift with a sandpaper scrub-down and white paint job, and then reset it with new screws and sturdier glue.

Beside it sat a dresser and large nightstand, both painted white and updated with new pulls. The matching set could complete a bedroom for less than $400.

"I'm a great shopper," said owner Kelli Akers with a laugh. "I like to get the best deal and I want our customers to get that, too."

Kelli is the carpenter's daughter her store's name references. She shops for the inventory while her wood-working father Whitt Akers is busy in the back shop.

The two have that hospitable Southern friendliness, gleaned from a family history in West Virginia and Georgia, and they willingly tell the story of each piece in the space.

There's a lot to tell. The inventory is a mix of resale pieces, repurposed items and new furniture Whitt made from recycled wood.

The repurposed works are the most interesting. There's a crave-worthy $185 room divider crafted out of old doors from the 1800s. And the Akers have breathed new life into the Victorian-like metalwork of old Singer sewing machine stands, turning them into tables topped with refurbished wood or clear glass circles.

"It keeps really well-made pieces out of the landfill," Akers said.

The store's setup isn't fancy, and some pieces have a musty feel - old glass ashtrays, a chipped kitty knick-knack, yellowed art in frames - that might be more applicable as-is in Grandma's bedroom but have great potential for cool artistic reboots.

Shoppers will find some standout accessories, like the $22 Flyer sled, an American classic, or the fragile $80 antique baby buggy with a lost-and-found beauty to it that's just begging to accent a modern interior design.

Also noteworthy/awesome: Whitt works secret compartments and drawers into many of his pieces. He only shares their whereabouts and how to access them with the person who will use the furniture.

Go shop:

The Carpenter's Daughter

1619 W. Fifth Ave., Grandview


Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday